IBALI is a renowned Cameroonian musician and songwriter who uses his music as a weapon for change. With a blend of Makossa, Jazz and Afrobeat; with shades of Fela Kuti, his latest single release ‘Revelation’ deplores the reality of bad leaders, poor health care, infrastructure and education across Africa. The poignant video of this release certainly adds weight to the cause – watch it here
Ethiopia Records, innovators of ther Ethiopiyawi electronic music scene has launched a fundraiser due to the COVID pandemic putting in jeopardy the future of the label and its staff based in Addis Ababa.
The fundraiser is for a 10 track double EP called Wel (ወል) with 2 videos and an array of works of art to be released in November 2020.
Supporters of the Wel project can receive various goodies including a pre-order copy of the EP to a private virtual tour and interactive music lessons
An acoustic version of the 2017 album ‘Mogoya’ will be released by Nø Førmat digitally on June 19, 2020, with physical formats available from August 28, 2020.
The album simply named ‘Acoustic’ is a totally unplugged ‘live’ studio recording with the same members who played with Oumou at the London EartH show in April 2019 that celebrated the 15th anniversary of her label Nø Førmat.
You can view the album trailer here.
Africadelic the annual event in Amsterdam that celebrates International Africa day has organised a 12-hour live streaming event on 25 May
With over 15 confirmed artists so far including ONIPA, Blick Bassy, and Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band, it promises to be an enthralling day of performances and lively debates. There is also 2 days of contemporary African cinema available on demand too.
NOT TO BE MISSED!
Full details of how to watch here
The UK’s first annual African cultural festival is set to be held in the West Midlands this summer. Described as a “party for all things Africa”, Ubuntu Pride will celebrate African culture through traditional music, arts, dance and food.
It is expected to take place outdoors in Coventry on August the 1st and 2nd, with final confirmations due to be held in the coming months.
Tamikrest, the Tuareg (kel tamasheq) desert blues band from the Sahel region embark on a huge European tour and play in the UK at Rich Mix, London on Saturday 23rd May 2020.
Their latest album Tamotait meaning ‘hope for a positive change’ which reflects the turbulent political times in northern Mali and the surrounding area, will be released on 27th March 2020.
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A unique festival experience is coming to London this November, it will showcase a feast of talent through art, music, fashion, and food from Egypt, in a vibrant and fun-filled way.
The first ever Egyptian festival in Europe, the programme promises to be an extravaganza of discovery into contemporary Egypt and for the Egyptian community to come together and celebrate their culture and heritage.
The Egyptian Cultural Festival is on the 9th and 10th of November
Afro-pop sensation Dobet Gnahore returns in April with her beautiful voice and acrobatic dance stage show. The Grammy award winner will be performing her latest album Miziki. Friday, April 12th – St George’s, Bristol.https://www.stgeorgesbristol.co.uk/event/dobet-gnahore/ Saturday, April 13th – Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham.https://ropetacklecentre.co.uk/events/african-night-fever-presents-dobet-gnahore/ Sunday, April 14th – The Gulbenkian, Canterbury.https://thegulbenkian.co.uk/event/dobet-gnahore/
Desert Blues Bands Tamikrest and Terakraft refused entry to UK Three weeks ago I attended Africa on the Square festival. This free annual event is organised by the Mayor of London and this year featured musicians from Togo, The Gambia, Zambia, and the UK. There was also a fashion show, a parade and dancers celebrating …
African artists refused visas to perform in the UK Following the disappointing news that some artists couldn’t get visa to perform in the UK, here’s an article discussing this, https://www.theguardian.com/global/2018/aug/02/womad-visa-fiasco-brexit-britain-live-music-festival?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmails